DHA at the AHA in DC
There will be a number of sessions devoted to Disability History at this year’s American Historical Association meeting in Washington, DC (click here for a list of AHA sessions and/or papers on Disability History). I am especially pleased to be chairing a panel on disability in the Middle East; it is terrific to watch the field expand beyond its focus on recent America and western Europe. At the same time, interesting work continues to come out in these fields, as will be evident in the section on books below.
There will also be a follow-up to last year’s Open Forum on Disability Issues hosted by Anthony Grafton of the AHA’s Professional Division on Friday, January 4, 4:45-6:00 p.m. in the Marriott, McKinley room. We are in the process of determining the content. If you’re in DC please make every effort to attend this discussion—it is the time when we can make a public case to the AHA at large that we are committed to changing the profession. Anyone who has ideas for things they want brought up, be sure to let any member of the board know soon. Most important (!) there will be the second annual DHA Party, which was a huge success last year. It will likely be in Cathy Kudlick’s room at the Marriott right after the Forum. Stay tuned for details.